Light Asylum (CD)


Light Asylum

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Amoeba Review

Brad Schelden 09/01/2012

I think I was a fan of Light Asylum before I even first heard them. I just knew that I was going to love this band. They put out an EP last year and I was hooked on Light Asylum right away. I was a huge fan of Yaz in the 80s and these guys sound exactly like them. Like a modern Brooklyn version of Yaz. Shannon Funchess has that deep powerful voice like Alison Moyet. And Bruno Coviello plays those keyboards like only Vince Clark can. It is the perfect mix of dark and haunting lyrics and new wave electronics. It is really hard to believe that this music is from 2012. And I am sure you could fool your friends by pretending that they are some overlooked synth band from Berlin in the 80s.

 

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05/01/2012

Since flooring listeners with 2010’s In Tension EP, Light Asylum have kept fans waiting with bated breath for the first full-length from the darkwave purveyors. Light Asylum delivers as frontwoman Shannon Funchess growls over a black rainbow of electronic sound — like freestyle dance music put through the industrial meat grinder. Fuchness and collaborator Bruno Coviello are as capable of extreme aggression (the chilling “Pope Will Roll”) as they are of creating pop thrills with real bite (“IPC” and “Heart of Dust”) and genuinely affecting electro-ballads — “Sins of the Flesh” and “Shallow Tears” dig past their electronic veneers given Funchess’ operatic howl, a Grace Jones-meets-Trent Reznor monster of a voice that can break your heart just as it can make you cower. It’s an enthralling and sometimes harrowing listen, and a must-hear for any fan of bitterly great music.

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Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hour Fortress
Light Asylum 04:46
2.
Pope Will Roll
Light Asylum 04:36
3.
IPC
Light Asylum 05:34
4.
Heart of Dust
Light Asylum 03:53
5.
Sins of the Flesh
Light Asylum 05:34
6.
Angel Tongue
Light Asylum 06:40
7.
Shallow Tears
Light Asylum 05:08
8.
At Will
Light Asylum 03:36
9.
End of Days
Light Asylum 04:14
10.
A Certain Person
Light Asylum 04:26

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